Warren is 'leading' Dem field in calling for impeachment proceedings, pollster says

Democratic pollster Pia Nargundkar said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate MORE (D-Mass.) is leading the Democratic field in calling on the House to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE

"I think her leading on this impeachment issue is just another case of her thoughtfully thinking through things, and being willing to take a stand where other candidates have been a little more wishy-washy," Nargundkar, a senior associate at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Wednesday.

Warren last week became the first Democratic White House candidate to say the House should begin impeachment proceedings, and was soon followed by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death Harris vows to 'put people over profit' in prescription drug plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE (D-Calif.), former Rep. Julián Castro (D-Texas) and Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamTop Democrats who could win presidential nomination Warren, Harris surge into tie with Biden in new Iowa poll The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate MORE (D), the mayor of Miramar, Fla.

"I wouldn't consider it desperate. I would consider it breaking out of the pack," Nargundkar said. 

However, on Capitol Hill, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Democratic leadership tried to rein in their members on the issue, saying during a conference call Monday that the move could be seen as a rush to judgment and could galvanize Trump's supporters. 

Still, Democratic leaders have not completely ruled out impeachment.
 
"I do believe that impeachment is one of the most divisive forces, paths that we could go down to in our country. But if the facts, the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice. But we're not there yet," Pelosi said at the Time 100 Summit on Tuesday.

— Julia Manchester